System Engineer II Contractor

Technology Seattle, Washington


Blue Nile is the largest online retailer of certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. Our standards are amongst the highest of all jewelers. We provide a superior customer experience, extraordinary value and industry leading product quality and style. We obsess about our customers and are passionate about providing each customer with an amazing experience.

We embrace a culture of adaptability. Our team is nimble, innovative and resourceful and makes an impact on both the business and each individual customer’s personal experience. We value hard-work, flexibility and curiosity and collaborate to creatively solve problems, constantly improve and implement meaningful changes. Our team celebrates achievements and is inspired by success.

Blue Nile is looking for a passionate and talented Systems Engineer II who will join our Web operations team and be responsible for administration and deployment of large-scale Linux systems within a complex and redundant architecture including web servers, application servers, monitoring tools and Oracle database systems.


  • Utilize company-sponsored cell phone and participate in 24x7 on-call responsibilities in support of the Blue Nile computing infrastructure (one week on-call, 3 weeks off-call)
  • Typical duties include troubleshooting, code releases, hardware configuration, software implementation, administration, and documentation
  • Create and maintain complex technical documentation and architectural diagrams
  • Active participation in group planning and architecture meetings
  • Effective communication with employees and vendors
  • Must have experience at all levels of system administration and possess demonstrated ability to effectively troubleshoot and solve hardware, operating system and application problems.


  • College degree preferred
  • 5+ years experience in a Linux/Windows IT environment, supporting large scale production and mission-critical servers
  • Experience in system administration within secure high availability Linux environments
  • Well-versed in data center operations, processes, and practices
  • Internet e-commerce experience highly desirable
  • Strong working knowledge of TCP/IP and Linux/Windows/Cisco networking, HP hardware configuration, management, and troubleshooting, system monitoring tools, Storage Area Networking (SANs), backup and recovery systems
  • Knowledge and experience with standard Internet applications, including WWW,DNS, SMTP, FTP, SSH, etc.
  • Knowledge of bandwidth issues, general Internet technologies, routers, Ethernet switches a plus
  • Linux experience preferred
  • Basic Oracle DBA experience also a plus